Heterochiral DNA Strand-Displacement Based on Chimeric d/l-Oligonucleotides Academic Article uri icon


  • Heterochiral DNA strand-displacement reactions enable sequence-specific interfacing of oligonucleotide enantiomers, making it possible to interface native d-nucleic acids with molecular circuits built using nuclease-resistant l-DNA. To date, all heterochiral reactions have relied on peptide nucleic acid (PNA), which places potential limits on the scope and utility of this approach. Herein, we now report heterochiral strand-displacement in the absence of PNA, instead utilizing chimeric d/l-DNA complexes to interface oligonucleotides of the opposite chirality. We show that these strand-displacement reactions can be easily integrated into multicomponent heterochiral circuits, are compatible with both DNA and RNA inputs, and can be engineered to function in serum-supplemented medium. We anticipate that these new reactions will lead to a wider application of heterochiral strand-displacement, especially in the design of biocompatible nucleic acid circuits that can reliably operate within living systems.

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Young, B. E., & Sczepanski, J. T.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Young, Brian E||Sczepanski, Jonathan T

publication date

  • January 2019